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680 NEWS wine reviews – December 1–3, 2006 

Taylor Fladgate First Estate Reserve Port
As the weather gets cold my mind turns to Port, that rich, sweet, fortified wine that cries out for a roaring fire and a bowl of walnuts. Traditionally, Port is consumed at the end of a meal, but I like it with chocolate desserts. Taylor Fladgate First Estate Reserve Port is very rich Ruby, which is a young port bottled after 2 or 3 years in wood. Deeply coloured and dense, this port has a sweet mulberry and chocolate nose, flavours that follow through on the palate which is rich and mouth-filling. It costs $15.65 a bottle. If you're not a chocoholic, you can match it with blue cheeses and, as mentioned, a bowl of nuts. That's Taylor Fladgate First Estate Reserve Port from Portugal. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. (LCBO #309401, $15.65)

Stoneleigh Marlborough Chardonnay 2004
New Zealand, as I've mentioned before in these wine reviews, is the yardstick by which the rest of the New World judges its Sauvignon Blanc. But the Kiwis make some very sound Chardonnay as well. Try the Stoneleigh Chardonnay 2004. For $15 you get a beautifully made wine with a spicy apple nose redolent with cloves and vanilla. A lovely fresh tangerine flavour fills the mouth carried on lively acidity to a nutty oak finish. It costs $15 a bottle. An ideal wine for grilled fish or white meat. That's Stoneleigh Marlborough Chardonnay 2004 from New Zealand. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. (LCBO #288795, $15.00)

 

 

 

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